More than 1,100 new cases of the coronavirus have been reported.
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The Utah Department of Health reported 11 more new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state’s death toll since the pandemic began to 3,606.
That means 61 deaths from COVID-19 were reported in Utah six days into December — an average of 10.17 deaths per day.
That’s comparable to the average number of reported deaths in November (10.26 per day) and higher than the average reported in October (9.48 per day).
Five of those who died in the past day were under the age of 65. Of these, one was between the ages of 25-44 and four between the ages of 45-64.
The Ministry of Health reported 1,122 new cases of coronavirus in the past day. The seven-day moving average of new positive cases stands at 1,540.
The number of children being vaccinated continues to rise – 75,839 children aged 5-11 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since they became eligible; that’s 20.8% of children in that age range in Utah, according to the health department.
The intensive care units in the state remain close to capacity. UDOH reported Tuesday that 94.6% of all ICU beds in Utah and 98% of ICU beds in larger medical centers in the state are occupied. (Hospitals consider any figure above 85% to be functionally full). Of all ICU patients, 42% are treated for COVID-19.
Last Day Vaccine Doses/Total Doses Delivered • 16,717 / 4,254,139.
Number of Utahns fully vaccinated • 1,839,828 – 56.2% of Utah’s total population. That’s an increase from 4,851 in the past day.
Cases reported in the past day • 1.122.
Cases among school-age children • Children in grades K-12 accounted for 174 of the new cases announced Tuesday — 15.5% of the total. 91 cases were reported in children aged 5-10 years; 37 cases in children 11-13; and 46 cases in children 14-18.
Tests reported in the past day • 6,099 people were tested for the first time. A total of 13,521 people were tested.
Deaths reported in the past day • 11.
There were four deaths in Utah County – a man aged 45-64, and two men and a woman aged 65-84. Two Weber County residents died – a man aged 65-84 and a woman aged 85 or older.
Five counties reported one death each — a man 25-44 in Cache County; a man 45-64 in Davis County; a man 45-64 in Salt Lake County; a male 45-64 in Wasatch County; and a woman 85 years of age or older in Washington County.
Hospital admissions reported in the past day • 516. That is 14 more than reported on Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 207 are in intensive care, three more than reported Monday. And 42% of patients in ICUs are being treated for COVID-19.
Percentage of positive tests • According to the original method of the state, the rate is 18.4% in the past day. That is higher than the seven-day average of 15.9%.
The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests from the same individual. Tuesday’s rate was 8.3%, lower than the seven-day average of 10.6%.
[Read more: Utah is changing how it measures the rate of positive COVID-19 tests. Here’s what that means.]
Risk ratios • In the past four weeks, unvaccinated Utahns were 14 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than vaccinated people, according to an analysis by the Utah Department of Health. The unvaccinated were also nine times more likely to be hospitalized and 3.5 times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus.
Totals to date • 606,531 cases; 3,606 killed; 26,340 hospitalizations; 4,036,145 people tested.